The Poqueira Short Break itinerary is centre based, three full days riding out daily on very different trails, returning nightly to the home base. Situated at the base of Mt Mulhacen 3,480m, the Poqueira Valley offers spectacular and very varied rides.
With more than 30 years knowledge of this region, Dallas has chosen a selection of trails offering an amazing diversity of terrains, views, and flora.
The rides follow ancient bridle paths and drovers routes, dating back to the Moorish occupation and before. Many of these paths have been in use for a thousand years or more, as have the terraces and irrigation channels they transverse.
Transfer from Malaga airport to the village of Bubion at designated time.
While in Bubion you will be staying in the charming Casa la Sevillana. A comfortable 19th Century town house, 7 bedrooms with private shower-rooms, large patio, sitting room, breakfast room.
Located in the heart of the village within minutes walk from the local restaurants and cafes.
Dinner with the rest of the riders and a briefing on the following days activities.
Approximately 5 hours.
After a relaxed breakfast, we drive up to the stables (5 kilometres from the village) to meet the horses.
Once everyone has been introduced to their horse we start the ride with a steep climb through evergreen Holm oaks and pasture lands to join the main forestry track into the National Park.
This track allows for some steady trots and canters as it climbs high above the valley Poqueira to join one of the old bridle paths winding through pine woods and Summer pastures to an altitude of approximately 2,300 metres.
Picnic lunch at the tree line approximately 2,400 metres, spectacular views down the Barranco Habali, across the Contraviesa mountains to the Mediterranean and on a clear day Morocco.
Descending on one of the firebreaks we pass the remains of trenches and gun placements from the Civil War (1936-1939), and down through oak woods to the main forestry track leading back to the stables.
Riding at a lower elevation (between 1,300 and 1,800 meters) we follow a combination of forestry tracks and bridle paths through pine, oak and chestnut woods.
During the course of the morning in addition to the woodlands we pass through pretty terraced farms and orchards above the villages of Pitres and Portugos.
After lunch we return to the stables on one of the main forestry tracks offering opportunities for some good canters.
Today, the highest ride of your stay takes you to the base of the Mulhacen (at 3,486 m the highest mountain on the mainland). During the morning a steep ascent on old Moorish bridle paths and sheep tracks over rough and steep terrain, crossing Moorish irrigation channels and snow fed streams. There maybe places you have to dismount and lead your horse.
After a picnic lunch by one of the mountain streams we have a much gentler descent on dirt roads down through pine woods to the control point of the National Park, where we join a small path leading through the woods and down to the stables.
Because today is largely climbing there are no canters. The scenery and the paths are quite breathtaking.
Farewell drink with your guides.
After breakfast transfer to Malaga airport at pre-arranged time.
Prices and Details
Single Supplement: 75 Euros (Payable on arrival in Spain)
4 nights accommodation,
Breakfast, lunch on three days, dinner on night of arrival,
3 full days riding.
The price is based on a double or single room, if you require a single room there is a supplement of 75 Euros.
Personal and medical insurance,
Airport transfers. (We can arrange collection from Malaga or Granada airport for an additional cost of 45 Euros per person each way. The collection time should be no earlier than 10am, and the return transfer on the day of departure would get into Malaga on earlier than 10am.)
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Joining El Marquesado Trail In June. Fantastic ride in the mountains wih breathtaking views all week. Riding up to almost 3000 meters. Absolutely stunning 🙂 Such well trained and beautiful horses. Nice accommodations along the way as well as the food. A real pleasure to ride with Dallas and her brother. Highly recommended! Looking so much forward to my next trail
Just back from another perfect week with Dallas and her wonderful horses. This is the second time my mum and I have come to Bubion (first time for the La Alpujarra Ride and this time for El Marquesado) and it couldn’t have been better. Beautifully schooled horses; delicious food and brilliant hotels; fantastic company and the most spectacular scenery in the world, and what a way to see it! For anyone thinking about a riding holiday, an absolute must! Thank you dallas, Mordecai and Jeanette, and not forgetting your beautiful horses. We will be back!
Dallas’s new ride was spectacuar. For me it retraced parts of both of my previous rides with Dallas – The Contravesia and El Marquesado however the 2 new days were wild and at altitude in the Northern Slopes of the Sierra Nevada – nothing but space and no one but us and the bird and wildlife of the area – ibex and eagles seen every day. As always, through good schooling, the horses were well mannered and sure footed – knowing and enjoying their job and the terrain well. Max a true gentleman as always! The accomodation was comfortable throughout with plentifiul, good food and for me the opportunity to swim after a day in the saddle was bliss! Dallas’s lunches continue to be legendary! We were all return riders so thankyou again to Dallas, Mordecai and Jeanette for yet another wonderful week of great riding, great company and always a lot of laughter – my plan is to return again in the Spring.
Hi Dallas, I guess by now you will be back from your second Marquesdad ride – my goodness I do admire your stamina! I notice on the weather forecast this evening that southern Spain is getting some rain (which we are having in abundance here), so I do hope that includes the Sierra Nevada. I haven’t been touch until now because I think it’s good to let the dust settle a bit before thinking about trips away and how they really went. Dallas, it was a wonderful adventure, a huge thank you to you and Mordicoi for your efforts to give us all a memorable and spectacular trip on wonderful horses – and you did – in spades! I’ve been telling people it was more of an adventure than a holiday – we were happily exhausted when we returned (not helped by Sleazyjet’s broken plane which led to a five hour delay at Malaga. However, we taught Alwin how to play Bridge which she picked up incredibly quickly. Amazing really, as SJ said, good to know people like her are in charge of our national businesses!). And we wished we had a couple of days to collapse afterwards at some nice local hotel. But oh my goodness, I will not forget my friend Jeleo (how to spell?) who looked after me so well and was such fun to ride too. Also the epic scenery, the spring flowers, the mountain streams, pine groves, cattle and their calves – with bells on – and the great company. Us pathetic Brits aren’t used to that heat but that was all part of the Spanish experience – as was the Paella which you kindly arranged for me. There was a feeling that we were on a journey rather than just pottering around in Andalucia, which gave us all a focus and a sense of achievement when we rode back into the stables at the end. I know the Fiesta and the WONDERFUL village band were vexing for you, but we really adored that snapshot of the locals partying. It really was a fabulous trip and I would love to come again and try the Alpujara ride – we are doing things in reverse I know! Best wishes for the rest of the summer and thank you so much.
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for giving me the most special week. I can honestly say that you gave us all a truly memorable experience of wonderful horses in the most stunning countryside. All the routes and tracks you led us were beyond my expectations and your choice of hotels and menus were all spot on. How you managed to effortlessly produce lunch for us all out of nowhere was quite beyond my comprehension. You run a fantastically thoughtful and professional enterprise and I will definitely be returning hopefully next year for another experience with you. With love and best wishes
“If you want to ride a wonderfully well mannered horse through some simply stunning mountains then this is the trip for you. The high mountains of the Sierra Nevada are magnificent and the whole experience is one of fun, beauty and enjoyment. At times the riding can be physically challenging, but any reasonably competent rider who doesn’t mind walking alongside their horse on the steep bits for an hour or so can manage it. I would not hesitate in recommending this ride”
The scenery was spectacular particularly at the highest points in the mountains, and we saw some wonderful sights such as that group of vultures taking off when we rounded a corner. You and Julio obviously have a very wide knowledge of the areas we were passing through which showed during the week, as was your attention to detail and regard to safety.